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Not much is known about Theodorus Mundanus, except for his mention by the diarist, John Evelyn. Evelyn was an acquaintance of W. Dickinson, to whom this short tract is addressed to, and upon visiting Dickinson, was informed that he had met Mundanus who claimed he was an adept in alchemy. Evelyn recorded the visit: 'I went to see Dr. Dickinson the famous chemist. We had a long conversation about the philosopher's elixir, which he believed attainable and had seen projection himself by one who went under the name of Mundanus, who sometimes came among the adepts, but was unknown as to his country or abode; of this the doctor has written a treatise in Latin, full of very astonishing relations.'
This book has 21 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1684.
Production notes: This ebook of The Quintessence of the Philosophers was published by Global Grey ebooks on the 23rd May 2019, and updated on the 31st March 2021. The artwork used for the cover is 'Smokers in an Interior' by David Teniers the Younger.
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